Suez Canal open again
Salvage teams on Monday dislodged the massive Ever Given cargo ship that had blocked an essential pathway of international trade for nearly a week. Tugboats pulled the container ship through the water to reopen the Suez Canal in Egypt, and it sailed into the Great Bitter Lake for inspection. The ship ran aground during a sandstorm on March 23. The incident held up about $9 billion in global trade per day.
What does this mean for shipping? Traffic resumed on Monday evening, starting with vessels carrying livestock, said Lt. Gen. Osama Rabei, the head of the Suez Canal Authority. Some 420 ships were waiting for the Ever Given to move. At least 113 should cross the canal by Tuesday, Rabei said. Dozens of ship crews ran out of patience and decided to sail more than 3,000 miles around the Cape of Good Hope at the southernmost point of Africa instead.
Dig deeper: Read Daniel James Devine’s report about how the COVID-19 pandemic strained the global supply chain.
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